Sweden’s Guldbagge Award, designed by Karl Axel Pehrson, looks like something out of a Cronenberg movie and we respect that. It doesn’t look much like any other golden film award. It’s chased in copper and enameled before the gold enters the picture. The Guidbagges were first handed out in 1964 when the late Ingmar Bergman, still Sweden’s most famous auteur, took home Best Film and Best Director for The Silence. Other Swedish classics that have won the top prize include other Bergman masterpieces like Persona, Fanny & Alexander, and Cries and Whispers, arthouse auteur pics like You the Living and Border, Oscar darlings like The Emigrants, Pelle the Conquerer, and My Life as a Dog, and LGBTQ favourites like the teen lesbian drama Show Me Love and gay dance drama And Then We Danced.
This year’s big winner was Oscar-nominated satire Triangle of Sadness which took home six prizes…
Ruben Östlund on the set of “Triangle of Sadness”.© Heretic
The runner up in terms of nominations (though it only won one Guildbagge) was Boy From Heaven, Sweden’s Oscar finalist this season, which was retitled Cairo Conspiracy for its US release last month.
The nominees (which are decided by a large jury) and winners are listed below.
Boy from Heaven
Historjá – Stitches for Sápmi
I Am Zlatan
★ Triangle of Sadness
Sanna Lenken for Comedy Queen
Tarik Saleh for Boy from Heaven
Jens Sjögren for I Am Zlatan
★ Ruben Östlund for Triangle of Sadness
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
★ Sigrid Johnson for Sasha in Comedy Queen
Bahar Pars for Nilo in Maya Nilo (Laura)
Vera Vitali for Lisa in Long Live the Bonus Family
Katia Winter for Hanna in The Year I Started Masturbating
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Tawfeek Barhom for Adam in Boy from Heaven
★ Granit Rushiti for Zlatan in I Am Zlatan
Oscar Töringe for Abbe in Comedy Queen
Sven Wollter (posthumously) for Malte in Day by Day
Both lead acting prizes went to very young actors. Comedy Queen is about a 13 year old who wants to be a comedian and I Am Zlatan is about a future football champ at age 17. The latter is also a reminder that awards shows in every country love their biopics.
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
★ Dolly de Leon for Abigail in Triangle of Sadness
Marika Lindström for Karin Stolpe in Burn All My Letters
Liv Mjönes for Ullis in R.S.V.P.
Carla Sehn for Stella in Locals
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Håkan Bengtsson for Nils-Åke in I Am Zlatan
★ Zlatko Burić for Dimitry in Triangle of Sadness
Fares Fares for Ibrahim in Boy from Heaven
Sten Ljunggren for Sven Stolpe in Burn All My Letters
Both supporting prizes in Sweden went to international actors who were the MVPs of Triangle of Sadness. Dolly de Leon is from the Philippines and Zlatko Buric is from Croatia. This win for our beloved Dolly de Leon reminds us that her Oscar snub is the year’s most egregious. She shoulda won!
★ Tarik Saleh for Boy from Heaven
David Lagercrantz and Jakob Beckman for I Am Zlatan
Lovisa Sirén and Peter Modestij for Maya Nilo (Laura)
Ruben Östlund for Triangle of Sadness
Saleh also won this prize at Cannes last May.
Theis Schmidt for Boy from Heaven
★ Åsa Mossberg and Line Schou for Daughters
Fredrik Morheden and Crazy Pictures for UFO Sweden
The winner here was a documentary about three girls growing up in southern Sweden whose mother took her own life. Åsa Mossberg’s credits include the previous Swedish Oscar submission Tigers and Lars von Trier’s Antichrist. Unlike at the Oscars, documentaries compete with narrative features in many of the categories.
Simon Pramsten for Comedy Queen
Stellan Runge for Burn All My Letters
★ Jonas Alarik for Black Crab
Black Crab is a post-apocalyptic action film starring Noomi Rapace. It’s currently streaming on Netflix.
BEST SOUND DESIGN
★ Ted Krotkiewski for All of Our Heartbeats Are Connected Through Exploding Stars
Johan Johnson for Historjá – Stitches for Sápmi
Fredrik Jonsäter and Jan Kasskawo for I Am Zlatan
The winner here is a documentary about how people rebuild after catastrophes, using the 2011 Japanese tsunami as a backdrop.
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Irya Gmeyner and Martin Hederos for Comedy Queen
★ Eirik Havnes for Historjá – Stitches for Sápmi
Lisa Montan for JerryMaya’s Detective Agency – The Riddle of the Scorpion
The winner here is a documentary about a Samí artist who has been depicting indigenous mythology for decades and is now a climate change activist
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
★ Simon Sandin for Black Crab
Peter Hjorth, Peter Toggeth Karlsson, Ludwig Källén and Vincent Larsson for Triangle of Sadness
Jacob Danell and Crazy Pictures for UFO Sweden
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Denise Östholm for Boy from Heaven
Ingrid Sjögren for Burn All My Letters
★ Sofie Krunegård for Triangle of Sadness
BEST SET DESIGN
Josefin Åsberg for Burn All My Letters
★ Linda Janson for Black Crab
Josefin Åsberg for Triangle of Sadness
Eva von Bahr for Burn All My Letters
Eglė Mikalauskaitė-Gricienė for Hilma
★ Stefanie Gredig for Triangle of Sadness
Documentary and short films are decided by separate juries from the rest of the awards above.
BEST SHORT FILM
Dance My Doll Director: Jasmijn Kooijman
The Story of Bodri Director: Stina Wirsén
★ Little to Big Directors: Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
Daughters Director: Jenifer Malmqvist
★ Historjá – Stitches for Sápmi Director: Thomas Jackson
Nelly & Nadine Director: Magnus Gertten
The Scars of Ali Boulala Director: Max Eriksson